Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 25th Apr 2014 22:30 UTC
Microsoft

Microsoft announced it has completed its acquisition of the Nokia Devices and Services business. The acquisition has been approved by Nokia shareholders and by governmental regulatory agencies around the world. The completion of the acquisition marks the first step in bringing these two organizations together as one team.

Nokia's mobile era has now officially come to an end. One day, books will be written about the rise and fall of one of the greatest mobile technology companies of all time - one that played an instrumental role in the development and spread of the mobile phone, and the one company that put a phone in every corner of the world, in every person's hands - whether they were rich or poor. This is a sad day.

On a positive (?) note, Stephen Elop has stated that Microsoft will continue to support Asha and Nokia X, but only time will tell what "support" exactly means.

And we are committed to continuing our support for feature phones, the Asha family, and the Nokia X family of devices, announced at the Mobile World Congress in February.

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RE: Feature phones
by tylerdurden on Sat 26th Apr 2014 00:12 UTC in reply to "Feature phones"
tylerdurden
Member since:
2009-03-17

Oh yes, the ever elusive non-feature feature phone...

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RE[2]: Feature phones
by WorknMan on Sat 26th Apr 2014 00:43 in reply to "RE: Feature phones"
WorknMan Member since:
2005-11-13

Oh yes, the ever elusive non-feature feature phone.


Well, they used to call them dumb phones, but now they're 'feature phones'.

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RE[3]: Feature phones
by No it isnt on Sat 26th Apr 2014 10:13 in reply to "RE[2]: Feature phones"
No it isnt Member since:
2005-11-14

No, feature phones are the ones with a web browser, mail app, music player, etc., but no or limited installable applications. Like the original iPhone before the app store.

Dumb phones are the ones without even a proper web browser (although some let you browse WAP). They're still for sale. (Source: bought one for my mother a couple of weeks ago when her Lumia 920 needed repairs. Cost a whopping €28, sim free.)

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RE[3]: Feature phones
by ilovebeer on Sat 26th Apr 2014 17:09 in reply to "RE[2]: Feature phones"
ilovebeer Member since:
2011-08-08

No, they used to call them "cell phones".

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RE[2]: Feature phones
by reduz on Sat 26th Apr 2014 01:13 in reply to "RE: Feature phones"
reduz Member since:
2006-02-25

There will always be people in denial. When mobile phones came out people was "no, no i don't want one of those mobile phones, If I want to call someone I´ll just use a public phone or something like that"

Then I still remember when people would say "no, no i don't want one of those phones with camera and games that play mp3, I just want one with a simple screen and at much SMS".

Now they just say "no, no I don't want one of those phones with internet, and apps, I just want to listen to music and take pictures"

Same as they said "I don't want one of those tablets I have my computer".

Being in denial of new technology will be always as trendy as purchasing it ;)

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RE[3]: Feature phones
by CapEnt on Sat 26th Apr 2014 01:32 in reply to "RE[2]: Feature phones"
CapEnt Member since:
2005-12-18

See, i have two mobile phones: a personal, and one for work.

I'm fine with the idea of recharging my own phone every 9 hours, have a 5" heavy behemoth filling my pocket, full touch, all with these colorful indicator lights blinking all the time, a wonderful rear camera, a front camera...

But i'm not fine with the idea of doing such things with my work phone. For this, i just want a small as possible, discrete, with a battery that last for a week, physical keys with just numbers, rugged enough to survive being tossed on a wall, great signal reception and decent call quality.

Sometimes a phone that just make calls is the best option.

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RE[3]: Feature phones
by tidux on Sat 26th Apr 2014 16:09 in reply to "RE[2]: Feature phones"
tidux Member since:
2011-08-13

That last one doesn't follow. I don't use a tablet because 90% of my mobile computing I can't do on my phone requires either a good keyboard or a proper desktop browser. 5.x" phablets and 11" netbooks are the sweet spot for me.

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RE[3]: Feature phones
by rain on Sat 26th Apr 2014 21:35 in reply to "RE[2]: Feature phones"
rain Member since:
2005-07-09

And there will always be people who know what they actually want/need.
Don't mistake them for the people who pretends to know what other people want/need.

"I don't need a camera in my phone." vs. "Who would ever need a camera in their phone? What a stupid idea!"

I don't want a tablet because my phone + laptop is all I need. I can see how other people would benefit from having a tablet though.

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